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Umpiring left much to be desired: Pak coach

Pakistan Hockey coach Shahnaz Shiekh criticised the umpiring in the match involving his team and New Zealand which ended in a draw.

india Updated: Sep 08, 2006 23:44 IST

Pakistan Hockey coach Shahnaz Shiekh criticised the umpiring in the World Cup match involving his team and New Zealand which ended in a draw at Monchengladbach.

"Well I have nothing much to say about umpiring, but it left lot to be desired" he said, adding "I am not going to protest againt the umpires (Amarjeet of Malaysia and David Leiper of Scotland) but the strokes given by them-one in each half, were to my thinking needed a relook."

Shahnaz like his Indian counterpart V. Bhaskraran who also harped on the title schedule of the teams "We were playing back to back match, two matches in less then 24 hours is rather taxing"

When a reporter pointed out that all the teams wre playing back to back matches and every team knew the schedule six months in advance, Shahnaz quickly retraced his charghe and said, "Well, what i mean to say is that after one match we had to face a tough team today."

He, however, expressed his satisfaction over his team's performance saying, "My boys came from behind thrice and it is no mean achievement." According to him, the goal scored by Rehan Butt will be the goal of the World Cup. "It was a spectacular goal by a spectacular player."

Asked Sohail abbas's failure to convert any of the four penalty corners, the coach said, "Well it was disappointing but who knows Sohail may have kept his best for coming matches."

"I am satisfied that we managed a point, it is good than not to have any. I think my boys will play better in next three matches. He praised his young player Zubair, who scored two goals saying, "The youngster holds great promises for the future."

About the match, Shanaz said eight goals wre good for the game because spectators enjoy watching goals being scored. Both the teams played excellent hockey.

New Zealand coach Kevin Towns was unhappy with his team playing a draw. "I think we should have wrapped up the match on a winning note."

"It (Match) was in our grip till the 57 minute but we let go the advantage. We led thrice but frittered away the lead as many times.

"We played well, boys kept attacking but conceded goals when they should have defended the lead," he said. He hoped the team will learn from these mistakes and will prepare accordingly fot the next three matches.